Alan Montgomery is an Indiana native. He attended Union County High School, which is where he began his earliest writing. Musical studies were prominent during his early years. When he went to Indiana University, his intention was to study music composition. He eventually changed to music education. His graduate degrees were both in instrumental conducting.
Dr. Montgomery spent 1974-75 in Hamburg, Germany, where he coached opera at the Hamburg State Opera. When he returned to Indiana, he sang lead tenor roles in La Boheme, Cosi fan Tutte, Daughter of the Regiment, and Rigoletto with the Whitewater Opera. During his time with that company, he also began musical direction of musicals at Nettle Creek Players, Hagerstown, Indiana, eventually music directing over 40 musicals. His musicals Robin Hood! and A Dog’s Life were presented there in 1985 and 1989.
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The Further Adventures of Gentleman Jack and Mister Twist: The Artful Dodger and Oliver Twist
At the end of Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens gives us information about a few characters, but for the most part we have no idea what happens afterward. In this novel, we find out how various people change, mature, and meet new challenges in the New World. Jack is forced to lose some of his street ways, and Oliver must face the new challenges as an adult. The adventures and dangers they confront in the new world help them realize two things. You cannot just love someone, but you must show them you love them. The other important thing they learn is that, no matter what your background, what you become is not dictated by what you were.
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Fifteen Tales for Christmastide
Christmastime brings out the best and the worst in everyone. These tales are written to lighten and enlighten the beautiful joys of Christmas. Some are semireligious while others are more fanciful. All are a joyful affirmation of the spirit felt at that time of the year.
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In Charles Dickens’ classic novel, we learn little of the characters’ fate at the end, except for a few. Jack Dawkins, also known as “The Artful Dodger,” is one of these characters whose endings remain vague to this day. However, we know that Jack Dawkins was caught and sent to the New World, also known as the United States of America.
Alan Montgomery presents a remarkable continuation in his book. Appropriately called “The Further Adventures of Gentleman Jack and Mister Twist,” he summarizes what transpired in the final events of the novel through Jack Dawkins’ eyes. After confirming the fate of these characters, we follow Jack’s life as he is sent to the United States, who is now indebted to work for seven years. Fortune has bestowed upon the former pickpocket when he is indebted to Mr. Galting Stone. Stone is a former gem cutter whose connection to Jack is closer than what meets the eye.